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12:00 PM ET, November 23, 2011


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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP debate: Newt Gingrich beats back immigration critique  —  Ascendant Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivered an unapologetic defense of his views on immigration Tuesday night, declaring in a foreign policy debate that the GOP should not adopt a platform on immigration that …
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich won't appear on Missouri ballot  —  Newt Gingrich speaks at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire Nov. 21, 2011 (Adam Hunger / Reuters)  —  Newt Gingrich may be a top-tier contender in the latest polls …
The Politico:
Gingrich relies on fading Newt Inc.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Team Mitt slams Newt for endorsing “amnesty”
Wall Street Journal:   Gingrich Calls for Regime Change in Iran
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In the Land of the Salamanders, the Newt is King
Shannon Travis / CNN:
First on CNN: Key social conservatives secretly meet to stop Romney in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) — Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Romney bets he can win Iowa without support from social conservatives
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses
Fallon apologizes to Bachmann  —  (CNN) - TV show host Jimmy Fallon apologized to GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann via Twitter Tuesday for a song played as the presidential candidate walked on stage for her Monday interview on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Page
Bachmann Mocked Amid Talk-Show Yuks
Financial Times:
German bond sale fails to attract buyers  —  Germany saw one of its poorest debt sales on Wednesday in what was seen as a failed auction by many market participants amid fears the eurozone's debt crisis is spreading all the way to Berlin.  —  Marc Ostwald, at Monument, said …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Via Meadia
“Disastrous” bond sale shakes confidence in Germany
New York Times:
New Trove of Stolen E-Mails From Climate Scientists Is Released  —  The anonymous hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
It Figures... UC Davis Students AGREED to Be Pepper Sprayed Before Incident (Video) ...Update: UC Davis Pepper Spray Massacre Victims Giggled & Smiled Describing Torture  —  For the record...  The UC Davis students who were holding the illegal protest on campus last weekend were warned …
Rolling Stone:
UC Davis Pepper-Spray Incident Reveals Weakness Up Top
David Taintor /
TPMDC  —  Fox News On UC Davis Pepper Spraying: 'It's A Food Product, Essentially'
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Romney's Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election  —  Many Americans continue to see the Mormon faith as unfamiliar and different.  Half say they know little or nothing about Mormonism, half say it is a Christian religion while a third say it is not …
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Demonstrators Plan to Occupy Retailers on Black Friday  —  Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest “the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street.”  —  Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded …
Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Man catches 881-pound tuna, seized by feds  —  A Massachusetts fisherman pulled in an 881-pound tuna this week only to have the federal authorities take it away.  It sounds like a libertarian twist on the classic novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, but for Carlos Rafael, the saga is completely true.
Discussion: Blog
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Despite Threat of Cuts, Pentagon Officials Made No Contingency Plans  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has painted such an apocalyptic vision of America's national security under $500 billion in automatic defense budget cuts that Pentagon officials said Tuesday they were pushing …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats ready to move $400 billion in new legislation  —  After failing to reach a deal to reduce the deficit, the Senate will move next month to take up legislation that could add more than $400 billion to the deficit.  —  All of the proposals, such as the extension of the payroll tax cut …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Republican Might Quit Labor Board  —  The National Labor Relations Board, the subject of particularly intense partisan sniping this year, could soon be completely paralyzed.  —  The labor board's sole Republican member, Brian E. Hayes, has threatened to resign to deny the N.L.R.B …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rep. Barney Frank: Supercommittee failure ‘good news’ for Dems  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the congressional supercommittee's failure Monday to come to an agreement on spending reforms was “good news” because it will help to end the Bush-era tax cuts and give Democrats more bargaining power in budget negotiations.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M  —  NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in  —  and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement  —  Almost immediately upon Sarah Palin's announcement that she would not seek the Republican nomination for president, the phone calls from almost all of the GOP candidates began pouring in.  They wanted her endorsement.
Discussion: GOP 12 and National Review
Julie Satow / New York Times:
Visions of LoLo, a Neighborhood Rising From Landfill  —  New Yorkers are fond, perhaps overly so, of assembling ever-creative names for newly hot neighborhoods, from NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) to SoBro (the South Bronx) to BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens).  —  Multimedia
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Why Didn't Reporters Call Romney a Liar?  —  One of the enormous changes in political journalism over the past decade has been the rise of an aggressive culture of online fact-checking.  It started with amateur bloggers but has become professionalized, with full-time fact-checkers like PolitiFact …
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Mark Milian / CNN:
Steve Jobs fielded some customer service requests
Discussion: Washington Post
Online NewsHour:
Mainstream Economic Media Cry Wolf
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Rise From Seven-Month Low
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Gideon Spanier / This Is London:
James Murdoch quits the boards of Sun and Times
Liz Essley / Washington Examiner:
Capital Land  —  Occupy DC expects to be raided, tells campers to remove drugs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and OWS Exposed
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Obama stimulus helping economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda targets dwindle as group shrinks
Discussion: The Page and Political Mojo
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Bomb attack on Pakistan school kills policeman
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Weary, blistered Wall Street protesters reach DC
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Republicans like Simpson-Bowles
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Dish
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Huntsman Dilemma  —  After spending $800,000-plus on media …